As the world continues to deal with the Coronavirus global pandemic and tries to return to a semblance of normalcy, sports have slowly begun to return. With the spring sports season coming to a halt as abruptly as it did, there is a void greater than that of a typical offseason.
For those who miss watching the Rebels as much as we do, there is good news. Former Ole Miss softball star Kylan Becker will be back on the diamond tonight as the Scrap Yard Fast Pitch softball opens the 2020 season with the USSSA World Fastpitch Championship in Viera, Florida.
Becker, who is the best infielder to ever suit up in red and blue, ranks top-10 in school history in batting average, hits, triples, RBIs, runs, walks, total bases, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, steals, fielding percentage, games played and games started. She also broke Ole Miss single-season records with 55 runs, 9 triples and 34 stolen bases.
While her prowess at the plate was impressive, the first player in Rebel history to be selected to the United States National Team made her mark in the field with acrobatic catches and unbelievable home run robberies.
As an electrifying player herself, Becker joins a Scrap Yard Dawgs team that is absolutely stacked. With more than half of the 18 rostered athletes having played on the USA National Team, it is hard to imagine anyone standing a chance against the group.
In the circle, University of Texas alumna Cat Osterman is the standout. The 10-year professional veteran is one of the most talented and most well-known names in United States softball history, alongside Jennie Finch. She threw a no-hitter in the Olympics against Australia and finished with 19 strikeouts in an 11-inning complete game win over Arizona in the 2005 Women’s College World Series.
Eying an Olympic softball comeback for 2021 in Tokyo, the former four-time All-American and two-time Olympic medalist is still slinging the pill with authority at 37 years old.
Scrap Yard is full of hitters, and Becker is the team’s do-it-all slapper. Her counterpart, the power hitter Samantha Show, is a name that college softball fans may be familiar with after her unbelievable run in the 2019 College World Series, and her boisterous bat flips.
Against Florida in the College World Series, she held the Gators to one run scored in the circle and scored the Cowboys’ only two runs at the plate— two solo bombs.
This Dawgs team is loaded with talent and will be fun to watch, especially in a time so barren of sports. For Rebels who want to get their fix of Becker’s prolific play, Scrap Yard’s first game will be live on the team’s facebook page tonight at 5:00 p.m. CDT. From there, the season pass can be found on USSSAlive.com.
It’s a good feeling to have an Ole Miss-related sporting event to watch, isn’t it?